Proposed federal budget cuts could threaten $38B in public transit projects | N.Y. revisits multibillion-dollar tunneling project | Md. selects design-build team for $100M road-improvement project
April 27, 2017
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Proposed federal budget cuts could threaten $38B in public transit projects
A report by the American Public Transportation Association and the Economic Development Research Group states that budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump could affect $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects. The cuts could also lead to 800,000 fewer construction and related jobs; some in Congress have voiced opposition to the proposed cuts.
The Hill (4/26) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
N.Y. revisits multibillion-dollar tunneling project
N.Y. studying multi-billion dollar tunneling project
(Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
The New York Department of Transportation has resisted efforts to spend between $2.5 billion and $3.1 billion to build a tunnel to replace a 1.4-mile section of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested that the agency hire a consultant to study the option. Details of nine other tunnels built in the US over the last 10 years, including Boston's Big Dig, show the kinds of challenges New York might face if it opts for a tunnel.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (4/26) 
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Md. selects design-build team for $100M road-improvement project
The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected a design-build team of more than 15 firms for a $100 million project to improve Interstate 270. The project will add 23 lane miles to the road, and work should finish in 2019. (4/26) 
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UK to test driverless cars by late 2019
A consortium of businesses, using financing from the UK Departments for Business and Transport, will research, design and test technology for driverless cars. By using 10 test cars in South London, the consortium of FiveAI, Direct Line, the University of Oxford, Transport for London and the Transport Research Laboratory aims to develop a driverless car system by late 2019.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (4/24),  Thinking Highways (North America) (4/24) 
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Travel Tech
MaaS plan discussed at ITS UK forum
During its first forum on mobility-as-a-service, ITS UK said MaaS is critical to expanding ITS technologies, moving to a "culture of we," to design continuous on-demand transit options. ITS UK also discussed government's part in transit mobility as well as the effect of autonomous vehicles.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (4/26) 
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Going Green
Volkswagen's Gett acquires US competitor
Volkswagen ride-service unit, Gett, has reportedly acquired US competitor Juno for $250 million, sources said, in an effort to boost its presence in the US. Volkswagen previously said it would put $300 million into Gett.
Reuters (4/26) 
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Amber Mobility aims for self-driven car service by next year
Dutch-based Amber Mobility has set mid-2018 as a goal for launching an autonomous-driven service in the Netherlands. Amber is starting with electric vehicles before rolling out its business-to-business car-sharing platform.
TechCrunch (4/25) 
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Report: Tolls, mileage tax better revenue generators for Calif.
Think tank Next 10 says the recent 12-cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax is not enough to fix aging roads and bridges in California because more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles make the gas-tax model outdated. The group contends that tolling and a mileage-based tax are better ways to make a dent in the estimated $137 billion deferred maintenance needs for the state's roads.
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (4/25) 
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ITS America News
Reserve your exhibit space today
Palais des congres de Montreal's Viger Hall will host the exhibits for the 24th Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, to be held Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. The event offers participants and companies -- representing the entire spectrum of an ever-growing ITS world -- unparalleled opportunities for B2B and B2G networking and business growth.

For information about exhibiting, please contact Corcoran Exposition Exhibit Manager Carly DiVito at 312-541-0567 x643 or

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